Born Brendan Anthony Loughrey on June 13th 1970, this County Donegal native has witnessed first-hand the hardships and struggles of life along the Irish border divide during the very worst of times. However, a strong family tradition of music, song and storytelling has emboldened Brendan with a solid conviction and foundation that has since evolved into his passionate, prolific, brutally honest songwriting and unforgettable LIVE performances. Brendan's Father (also Brendan!) bought him his first guitar at the ripe old age of 15, a replica Chuck Berry electric guitar, with the prophetical words "You'll reach more people with this guitar son, than you'll ever reach with a rifle". Very quickly becoming a little local celebrity, Brendan was immediately recognized for his uniquely powerful and heartfelt renditions of the Irish songs and ballads that he'd grown up listening to. Soon finding himself "on the road", in the 32 years since, he has appeared at just about every Irish pub, club and venue out there.
His hard-earned and fought for reputation of remaining uncompromisingly true to his music followed him to Music City, USA, when, in January of 1999, Brendan was offered the position as House Musician at the then largest Irish Pub in North America, The Seanachie Irish Pub (Shawn-a-key) in Nashville, Tennessee. This very prestigious position was to be the turning point in Brendan's career and if an opening night could be planned better, we surely don't know how. Brendan's very first performance in late January 1999 at The Seanachie, 4th & Broadway, Nashville, TN, was a truly remarkable evening. By pure blind coincidence, in the audience that night, was Americana folk legend John Prine (John's wife, Fiona, is from County Donegal), the infamous Comedian Jackie Mason, Warner Brothers Records Nashville, Vice President, Bob "Screamin' Johnny Wales" Saporitti and former Waterboy's & Stockton's Wing drummer, the Dublin born Mr. Fran Breen. To make a very long story short folks, after his show that cold Southern winters evening, Brendan found himself at a Nashville "after-party" with Nigel Paul (Manfred Mann), Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook), Ray Fleck (Garth Brooks Band), Nancy Peppers (Marc Almond, Softcell), Mark Niemic (Atlantic Records) and a host of other remarkably talented artists of all kinds and from all walks of the entertainment industry. This solitary fortuitous whiskey-filled evening eventually led to the release of Brendan's 1st Solo Album "Atlantic Breeze" which featured the amazing talents of Fran Breen, Elio Giordano, Mark Neimic, Pat Finnegan, DeAnn Whalen, Rob Nicholson, Vickie & Etta Carrick and the late, and gloriously-eccentric, Argyle Bell... oh... and Brendan...!
Now into his 35th year of LIVE performances, Brendan has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many magnificent talents, notably being asked to open for acts such as his childhood hero and "The Father Of Rock 'n' Roll", Chuck Berry. Also, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Lorrie Morgan & Sting. Brendan was the Dialect Coach for Brian Friels' play "Freedom Of The City", he has performed the Star Spangled Banner from a sold out Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium in Chicago several times and has released 4 recent (CD) Albums including the stunningly unexpected hit, "Last Set Of The Night", voted Celtic Album of the Year.
A musician, a writer/composer/songwriter and an extraordinarily passionate LIVE entertainer, Brendan Loughrey is a "forever young" man who cares very deeply and very sincerely about preserving and advancing the causes, songs and stories of Ireland and it's colorful, tumultuous past.